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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 280-293; doi:10.3390/su2010280

Is Globalisation Sustainable?

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Received: 23 November 2009 / Accepted: 8 January 2010 / Published: 14 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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It is clear that globalisation is something more than a purely economic phenomenon manifesting itself on a global scale. Among the visible manifestations of globalisation are the greater international movement of goods and services, financial capital, information and people. In addition, there are technological developments, more international cultural exchanges, facilitated by the freer trade of more differentiated products as well as by tourism and immigration, changes in the political landscape and ecological consequences. In this paper, we link the Maastricht Globalisation Index with Sustainability Indices to analyse if more globalised countries are doing better in terms of sustainable development and its dimensions. The results seem to suggest that the process of globalisation may render world development more sustainable.
Keywords: globalisation; indicators; sustainable development globalisation; indicators; sustainable development
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